You’ve got all your date outfits sorted out because you know Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but you totally forgot about one thing—what hairstyle you’re going to wear during the date. You want to look sexy but not OTT, and we totally get it. Which is why we’ve curated a list of hairstyles for you, based on the type of date you’re going on, with inspiration drawn from your favourite Korean actresses. Scroll through the gallery to get inspo.
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Images: Kim Yoo Jung and Suzy’s Instagram
Netflix and chill
You’re going to his house and want to ooze sexy vibes because you know, it’s a romantic date and all. Only, his house is just across your block. If you don’t want to look overly made-up but still want to charm him, go for this messy bun like Sooyoung‘s. The loose strands give off the devil-may-care vibes without making you look sloppy. It looks like a three-second bun, but we know this requires more effort than that. Avoid setting with hairspray if you don’t want to give your game away. Instead, use a leave-in conditioner for silky locks that he can run his fingers through when he undoes it on the bed.
A fancy dinner
You’re celebrating Valentine’s Day in a big way with a feast at an atas restaurant. You’ve got the perfect dress, but a little problem: wearing your hair in a bun makes you look like you’re going for a boardroom meeting, while wearing your hair down makes you look too casual. Life problems. What’s a girl to do? Grab the top section of your hair, bring it to the back while ensuring volume at the crown, and then pin it up. One minute is all it takes for you to look all glammed up like Han Ye Seul!
A buffet date
Nothing gets between a girl and her food, not even your bae or your hair. Which is why it’s apt to tie it up during the date—your hair, not your bae, but you could totally do that in the bedroom if he so fancies it. But instead of going for the sleek HBIC kind of look, opt for a messy chignon with wispy bangs like what Kim Yoo Jung did. Don’t worry about a strand or two covering your face—he’ll probably use his hands (not greased with oil from food, we hope) to tuck it behind your ears.
A musical or concert
If you’re going to an event that makes you want to dress to impress, why not put in a bit more effort by curling your hair? Don’t afraid to make your curls tight like Lee Sun Bin‘s because they’ll get looser as the night ends. Don’t set with mousse because we don’t think bae would enjoy running his fingers through stiff strands. Instead, use minimal hair wax and a texturising spray to keep your look together.
A sweaty night
If you foresee getting sweaty during or after the date, for one reason or another, consider keeping your hair away from your body by wearing a chic top-knot like Yoona. And when rocking this hairstyle, pick a dress or top that shows off your shoulder blades to make him sweat.
Some couples don’t care about Valentine’s Day that much, and we get that. But if you’re the only one who cares about the occasion while the bae thinks it’s just another normal date, that’s fine—no one said you can’t dress up anyway. But if you don’t want to look like you’re going for a fancy candlelit dinner but while he’s dressed like he’s headed to the gym, wear your hair into a low half-ponytail like what Suzy is wearing. This makes you look more dressed-up than a ponytail, but less dressed-down than cascading waves.
The romantic date with sexy ending
OK, lbr, whenever we sport waves, we just want to run our fingers through our hair, so why wouldn’t he feel the same?! Go for loose waves like Park Min Young‘s that are just a notch up from your natural hair. To get this look, use a round brush and wind small sections of hair around the brush while blow-drying your hair. Skip all the setting products because you want it to look and feel natural. Also, why get his fingers sticky with hair products when they could be sticky with something else?